- Bicycle trailer
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(R)evolution of a trailer
Truckload and children1920
Since ancient Egypt or Mesopotamia, people love to carry a lot of stuff from one place to another. At first they’ve loaded it all on horses, donkeys or camels. Then on all sorts of carriers… One is for sure all the time – the more room you give them, the more you please them.
The production of cargo trailers has started in the early 20th century. At that time everyone has tried to produce bicycles or trailers. Trailers were for example the first products of a small British company which later became famous as the luxury car manufacturer Jaguar. In the 1920s they produced a sidecar called Swallow.
The trailers – no matter if for bicycles or motorcycles – have been very popular in the early 20th century. You could transport stuff quickly, or just have fun to ride them with your kids.
Trailers for bicycles have been very variable then, you could see even the sidecars on the streets just like this nice picture from the German Bundesarchiv proves.
The boom of trailers has started and ended simultaneously. After the WW2, they were alternated with seats. The further developement has ended, instead cars were on the move…
The first real carriers1978
The serial production of the bicycle trailers for children in a modern sence has started in 1970s in Oregon, USA, with bicycle enthusiast Alan Scholz who moved there from the North Dakota. At first he opened just a shop with bicycle stuff, but soon after that he realised that he would like to produce something on his own. And so he came up with a trailer (in 1978). The two-wheeler has been named Burley.
Icon from Canada1992
Soon came more two-wheelers and among them one, which became a real bestseller. This time not made in USA, but made in Canada. Chariot. It was Dan Britton, former triathlonist, who came with the Idea and founded the Chariot Carriers company in 1992.
He has improved it continually so that it was not just a bicycle trailer, but also a stroller. Moreover, with the ski-set you could use it even in winter on cross-country skis.
In the year 2011 Britton sold his company to the Swedish conglomerate Thule which produces it – with subtle adaptations – to this days.
First single wheel trailer2001
The first single-wheeled trailer for children ever. With this revolutionary Idea came German designer Florian Weismann, whose specialization are bicycle frames. It was in 2001 when he manufactured first prototype of a trailer which was both – lightweight and single-wheeled.
It´s a trailer, but also a great Idea. Weismann’s piece is now produced by the German firm Tout-Terrain.